We have had our little one for about a month now. When we picked her up, we knew very little about why she was being placed in foster care. What we did know is that this 2 1/2 year old little girl should be talking and walking by now. Yet here she was in front us, crawling and making gurgling sounds like a much younger child.
We were taking a leap of faith. It did not matter to us if she was delayed. We would take her home, nurture her and get her through this period of her life.
After a few days, we noticed something.
She was not delayed.
She started talking – a lot.
Looks like the crawling and gurgling sounds were a defense mechanism of some kind. As this little girl progressed in our home, we noticed that whenever she felt afraid, or felt she needed more attention, she would drop to the floor and crawl. Ok, we would deal with this. We will provide that love, that nurturing, that attention you need, while still letting you know it is ok to be you, the 2 year old who knows how to walk, how to talk, how to do the things a 2 year old does.
And now, I am amazed at how our little one has progressed.
Yesterday, on the ride home from day care, I noticed she was staring out into space. She looked a little out of it, maybe a little down. So I tried something. I turned around while at a stop light, blew her a kiss and said “Love you baby!”
Immediately, she responded.
“Love you baby!”
Her response was preceded with a kids and followed with a giant grin, knowing she had just said something really cool.
Since that ride home, we can’t stop her from repeating everything we say. Of course, that could be dangerous.
We will have to be very careful what we say.
Goes to show you what can happen when we let God be in control. All we can hope for is that Jesus will let His love to continue to flow through us onto this little precious girl for as long as possible.
Either way, we are confident He will prevail.
Look who’s talking now!